In the 2090s, the Prometheus is carrying a scientific expedition into outer space, heading for an Earth-like moon that could harbor clues to the beginning of mankind. Director Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise is in the form of a 3D prequel exploring philosophical themes (in the vein of co-writer Damon Lindelof’s TV show Lost) as well as offering fans of the franchise recognizable tidbits and a few gross-out horror sequences. Intriguing, to be sure, and exciting right up till the final half-hour when Scott almost seems to lose control of the whole enterprise. Strikingly designed, and boosted by Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron’s chilly performances.

2012-U.S. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott. Directed by Ridley Scott. Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof. Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski. Cast: Noomi Rapace (Elizabeth Shaw), Michael Fassbender (David), Charlize Theron (Meredith Vickers), Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green… Rafe Spall, Patrick Wilson.

Trivia: Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were allegedly considered for roles. Alien designer H.R. Giger worked on the film. Followed by Alien: Covenant (2017).

Last word: “For ‘Prometheus’, I came back to a very simple question that haunted me that appears in the first ‘Alien’, and no one answered in subsequent ‘Alien’ films: who was the ‘Space Jockey’ – the big guy in the seat? If you really go into that, it becomes the basis for a pretty interesting story. When I went to the studio, we didn’t know if it was going to be a sequel or a prequel.” (Scott, The Daily Beast)


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